The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
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It’s hard to get bang for your buck as a diner in thriving tech hub Silicon Valley so it’s nice to know there’s a meal that says, “there’s more where that came from” – especially at breakfast. At this fittingly palatial hotel, you can expect the classics but with a tasty twist. Find a spot for roasted market vegetables and applewood-smoked bacon next to your morning eggs for a little extra flavour or end with a fresh flourish of Greek yoghurt parfait scattered with seasonal fruit. Whatever you choose, don’t forget the cardinal rule of buffets: seconds (thirds, fifths) are a given.
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Michelin stars for brunch, anyone? For an inspired start to your weekend, consider booking a table at this eatery nestled inside the majestic Hotel d’Angleterre. On Sundays, the Michelin-starred restaurant turns your first meal into a performance with a menu that happily dances around the classics. Yes, there’s charcuterie and pastries but we’d save room for the egg en cocotte with smoky tomato and cheesy comté or poached scallops with seasonal cress soup and buckwheat. Don’t think you’re finished after the pearl barley risotto either – there’s still sweets such as lemon panna cotta with sea buckthorn and lemon crisp to come. Those seats you’re now keen to secure? Get to it – the first half of 2018 is already fully booked.
La Mamounia, Marrakech
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If you happen to roll out of bed a little late after spending Saturday evening spinning around Jamaâ El Fna, you’re in luck. At this regal property – which dates back to 1923 – there’s a Sunday spread from 11.30am that puts other respectable buffets to shame. Expect a procession of steaming tagines and a stunning array of fresh seafood including lobster, oysters and salmon, as well as fresh salads and pastries to round out the offering. A glass of champagne is also included in the price – as is the lush poolside location.
Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
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You could start your morning with healthy choices in the form of, say, bircher muesli with a green juice or poached eggs paired with organic sourdough, or by throwing caution to the wind in the form of freshly made waffles or eggs benny with bacon and hash browns. Luckily, both moods are catered for on the menu at the Grand Hyatt.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
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Buffets aren’t just a one-off at Mandarin Oriental’s on-site dining room Melt Café. Feasting is offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner and while breakfast buffet inclusions often vary (think traditional Belgium waffles happily smothered in Vermont maple syrup) the team always ensures there’s a range to suit all tastes. In addition to the ever-tempting pastry station, there are also options with a local lean on the à la carte menu such as congee and Malay nasi lemak.
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A rooftop bee colony is not often on a list of hotel amenities. But at Jumeirah Frankfurt, that’s exactly what you’ll get. On the 28th floor of the building, over 40,000 bees frequently gather to put pollen from the nearby Palmengarten botanical garden to good use. The result is the hotel’s very own Skyline Honey, served directly from the impressive honeycomb stores displayed on the buffet breakfast table. Drizzle over any of the buffet’s delicious pastries and breads or generously over your cereal – and you can say you’ve truly tasted Frankfurt.
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Take a trip to Japan for your stomach’s first daily trip at The Star’s Sokyo. Although you can to stick to the continental buffet, we’d recommend extending your breakfast to include an à la carte dish with tea or coffee. From there, you can try traditional with a twist (the Sumo Breakfast includes egg, bacon, tempura hash brown, edamame, king brown mushrooms and Japanese sausage) or go the whole hog with something like Choushoku, where fish, miso, nori, Japanese pickles and Hokkaido rice transports you to Tokyo.
Pullman Barcelona Skipper
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Though there are almost 100 items included in their breakfast banquet, Pullman Barcelona doesn’t compromise on quality. For this beachside hotel, each inclusion is carefully considered from crowd-pleasing churros with chocolate to Catalan cold cuts and French pastries. A large contingent is local and organically produced and spoils from the on-site biodynamic kitchen garden are also peppered through the array.
Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
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There’s a clue in the name of this downtown hotel. It’s known for its grand, sprawling buffets at every meal (the Grand Café even hosted a post-Christmas buffet focused on immune-boosting meals to get detoxes back on track) and breakfast is no different. Serving the standards from both international – namely pastries, egg-based dishes and the like – and Asian cuisines on its expansive spread, a number of these treats are made in-house including the yoghurt and dim sims.
Ballynahinch Castle, Galway
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Both guests and food writers agree the morning spread at Galway’s Ballynahinch Castle is worth booking an overnight stay for (if the pristine natural surrounds wasn’t enough of a drawcard). There’s the requisite fresh juices and baked goods (including walnut and treacle bread, famed breakfast muffins and still-warm-from-the-oven croissants) but the highlight has to be the hotel’s home-cooked gammon on the bone, which pairs perfectly with the Irish farmhouse cheese. Heartier choices straight from the kitchen include a mixed grill with black and white pudding or pan-fried lamb liver with grilled tomato.
The Ritz-Carlton, Singapore
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Choice may be the enemy of happiness but it’s hardly the case when faced with the breakfast array at The Ritz-Carlton’s on-site eatery. With no fewer than nine stations to visit to pile your plate high, you’ll have trouble focusing. You could opt for cereals with compotes as inventive as rambutan or honey sea coconut or you could begin with a saintly salad – greens from rocket to edamame are laid out for the picking. But there’s so much more to consider: congee stations, an endless array of egg-centric variations, spoils from a tandoor oven and a pastry station.